Politically Speaking – May 15, 2018
It was a major evening of news on Wednesday, May 9, the day three American prisoners were released from North Korea and turned over to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Trump pulled out of the Iran deal; and Iran fired missiles from Syria at Israel in retaliation for Trump’s decision to pull out. So what does CNN focus on all evening? Stormy Daniels and Michael Cohen. In timing the seven o’clock hour, Daniels / Cohen got 55 minutes, the Korean prisoners release got 3 minutes, missiles over Israel got 2 minutes. For those of you that keep watching the Clinton News Network (CNN), stop drinking the Kool Aid. My new name for CNN is “Carry No News.”
Unfortunately, I have to watch everything from CNN to Fox News and everything in between in order to write this column. But I decided to watch CNN all Wednesday evening, because with the major news that was breaking, I had to believe for a change they would at least do some real news. But, needless to say, they didn’t. But with that said I’ll leave it there.
This is a new day for America. In one day, President Donald Trump accomplished more than former President Barack Obama did in eight years.
On to the Obama deal with Iran. According to the New York Times, Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran included the release of three American prisoners and also a U.S. payment of $1.7 billion. The money paid was because the U.S. froze Iranian assets in 1979. This included $400 million for military hardware that was never delivered to Iran. So we paid $400 million plus interest, for a grand total of $1.7 billion. The New York Times story doesn’t explain why the $400 million was a cash payment and whether or not the remaining money was in cash also? Nor did it explain who the cash went to except to say “elected officials.”
One thing I’ll say, it was a very convoluted deal with a lot of questions still remaining. Yet Obama and Clinton have tried to give Trump advice on how to negotiate with Iran, as John Kerry (in my book, a traitor) is advising Iran how to deal with America. Imagine that! Shades of Vietnam!
In my opinion, Obama’s Iran deal is where it belongs: Dead. But of course, Obama criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal.
In my opinion, that’s because it was one of Obama’s few signature deals, one of his foreign policy achievements according to some, as misguided and irresponsible as it was.
However, I have to point out I’ve never heard a former President question and try to interfere as much as the Obamas have. I call that sore losers, and no they weren’t running, but their girl was!
Next up, another top story of the week was the five ISIS leaders captured that no network reported on but Fox News. So again, by not listening to Fox as well, you’re missing some news.
Turning to North Korea, the Kim / Trump Summit is set for June 11 in Singapore.
On to three prisoners released from North Korea. There was no money that changed hands, no promises were made. Trump asked for their release, and Kim Jong-un released them in good faith. If Obama would have pushed for their release, possibly four would have been returning instead of an American family burying their son a few days after his release under Obama.
Yet while Pompeo was going to get the hostages last Wednesday, the New York Times ran a story with the headline “At a Key Moment, Trump’s Top Diplomat Is Again Thousands of Miles Away.”
Up next, many don’t even know that Iran was firing missiles at Israel last week in retaliation, but trust, Israel has the capability to protect itself. However, Trump has said Israel’s enemies are our enemies. And to that I say, Amen!
The bottom line is, this administration has done more in eight days than the last administration did in eight years.
Do I think the Trump haters will change? No, they won’t, sorry to say. But in spite of that, Trump will succeed and fulfill his promises!
I do hope the liberal media goes back to reporting real news. I have to stay optimistic.
Until next week.